THE BLACK CARD MAY 29, 2014
Rookies Jazmine Reeves and Nkem Ezurike stole 3 points from the Portland Thorns Wednesday, May 28th giving the Thorns their worst lost ever. On top of that, the Thorns let Reeves get a hat trick! No doubt she had trouble sleeping last night as she replayed her amazing game in her head over and over. Even rookie Ezurike’s great goal was assisted by Reeves.
RANDOM BITS ABOUT OUR PHENOMENAL ROOKIES:
NKEMJIKA NATALIE EZURIKE
As a youth player in 2008, Nkem was described by the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group as follows: She’s “tall, strong and physical, shows well for the ball (support), good distribution…” Well, duh! But, other than that, did you know she’s just like the rest of us per her recent Tweet…Just locked myself out of the house!
#awesome #istalock #atleastitsnotcold ” LOL. #SoccerPlayerProblems
Wahoo. What an exciting hump day! This Wednesday the Boston Breakers took on a traveling WNY Flash and it ended in a split decision. Some would call WNY really lucky and the Breakers really unlucky.
Jodi-Ann Robinson (WNY) headed the ball into the back of the net over Breakers goalkeeper Ashley Phillips in the third minute of second half STOPPAGE TIME to give Western New York a point on the first of four straight road games in 15 days. Boston Breakers head coach Lisa Cole was none too happy about it either claiming stoppage time had actually expired. Now don’t professional players know you play to the whistle blows?!
Regardless, Breakers should be thrilled with the offensive power of Lianne Sanderson and Sydney Leroux. They are clicking! And Ms. Sanderson is super exciting to watch. You never know if she’s going to get an assist or a goal! This night she did both! Sanderson leveled the game for Boston in the 44th minute with the outside of her right boot, redirecting a left-footed Heather O’Reilly cross. By the way, O’Reilly has an amazing work rate!
This season, Sanderson is proving to be both dangerous and an absolute treat to watch. After her “booing” ordeal at the USWNT game days ago Leroux deserved & earned her goal as she continues to “shhhhh” her detractors.
Kia McNeill is one of my defensive heroes and I’d totally want her on my team in any battle. Unfortunately, she’ll probably be replaying that goal Wambach scored for Western New York in the 28th minute, that was a perfectly redirected header over Phillips. The curling right-footed cross to Wambach, who out-jumped McNeill and flicked the ball over Phillips. So, evidently white girls can jump!
Stats on goalie saves was pretty even, Phillips 4, Franch 3. Franch may have wished she did better, but all in all her season is tops in the game so far.
My favorite Black Card starters started this game for Boston, including McNeill, Nogueira, Sanderson, and Leroux.
1st round draft pick Zakiya Bywaters scored her 2nd goal of the season WITH HER HEAD, clinching 3-points for the Chicago Red Stars. This was their first win, and all the better since it was against now the former #1 team, the Portland Thorns. Along with their two new German National Team additions, this win should give the Stars some much needed confidence moving forward! One of the more entertaining aspects of the game was watching Zakiya Bywaters and Jazmine Avant go at it on both ends of the field, both very aggressive, but Bywaters did get the better Avant this time around.
On another note, I was glad to see Nikki Washington back. No conspiracy after all, Washington had been out previously due to a knee injury. Evidently, the Thorns are very secretive when it comes to injuries, i.e. they don’t want to giveaway any strategic advantages to the other teams.
One more thing. You gotta love Shannon Boxx. She’s out recovering from surgery, but she’s watching and rooting for her girls all the way – you can feel her emotion through her tweets…
Great goal by
@chicagoredstars. Started w/ a great cross from Lydia, Michelle rising above her defender & bywaters finishing it off. Love it
Gotta love my teammates. Ella carrying bywaters off. I hope Z is alright. #nomotekneeproblems
I just screamed out loud for Jackie. Love the quick restart and great job by Jackie on the back post. 2-0 @chicagoredstars
Good first half for @chicagoredstars. Need to come back out 2nd half how we finished the first half. #playingwithconfidence
Go Redstars so happy for my girls. Have stayed positive through the rough times and came out on top w a huge win. Enjoy ur victory
Sky Blue pummeled the Boston Breakers 5-to-1 via Danesha Adams’ two goals & an assist, the first one coming at the 17 minute mark; Lisa DeVanna’s two goals (including the ESPNCENTER style bicycle kick) and Tyler Little’s goal. Unfortunately, Brittany Cameron’s shutout record was snapped at 435 minutes. Note, there’s a growing consensus that Brittany Cameron has been the best performing goal keeper in the NWSL! Boston Breakers are a better team than the score indicates and with the loss of Sydney Leroux and other National Players they were a bit shorthanded. Unfortunately, for Lianne Sanderson she had to go from a tremendous 3-assist weekend just a week ago to a disappointing loss & a missed penalty kick. Sometimes, it’s just not your week. My guess is the Boston Breakers will be rebound.
Saturday, June 1st
I am looking forward to the USWNT vs CANWNT “REMATCH.” As an American I must root for USWNT, but I also want a very close and competitive match, not just for entertainment value, but to build confidence for Canada. It’s good for North America to have two international powerhouses. Also, growth for Canada is good for CONCACAFF and for women’s soccer worldwide.
On another note, Boston’s Sydney Leroux was held out of the starting lineup last Sat night vs Wash. Will she have something to prove to her Boston coach? Will she have something to prove to her Canadian homeland, which she abandoned to join the USWNT? Will she be able to rise above the controversies, the anger and all of the emotions that seem to be racing thru her lately?
This “Rematch” is a soccer soap opera. Gotta love it!
#USWNT #CANWNT #REMATCH #SYDNEY LEROUX #DRAMA #RIVALRY #SOAPOPERA
May is #LupusAwarenessMonth. Follow @lupusorg & visit http://lupus.org/awareness to help join the fight against lupus. In 2011 Shannon Boxx made it public that she suffered from lupus – she had been diagnosed in 2007 when she was 30 years old. Her symptoms were typical extreme exhaustion from doing the same workouts she had become used to over the previous years. She has been quoted explaining her condition “As an elite athlete, it is my job to maintain a high fitness level, as well as sustain a strong mentality. Now add in a disease where my main symptoms are extreme fatigue and joint pain, and that standard becomes a little bit more difficult to maintain. I am very fortunate that I have finally found a medicine that helps control my symptoms, but a few years ago that wasn’t the case.
I remember in 2010 going to training sessions completely exhausted and my knees throbbing from all my joint pain. I remember willing myself through those training sessions and then getting home and lying on the couch the rest of the day.
Mentally, I was exhausted because I was trying to figure out the right medicines to use; I was dealing with side effects from those medicines and I was keeping it a secret from my teammates.”
This week Shannon had surgery to deal with a nagging knee injury unrelated to the lupus. According to her recent Tweets she’s feeling good and she’s happy the surgery went well. Evidently she doesn’t have much patience for recovery and is already antsy. I’m looking forward to her return to the Chicago Red Stars in about six weeks. Stay strong Boxxy.
On Sunday, April 27th, Sky Blue’s Danesha Adams had a great game. She was involved in both goals for her team, the first a fantastic corner kick that set up at the right height to let Coco Goodson (5’11) get a head on it, and the second was a fantastic pass to Lisa De Vanna down the lane where she was able to run it down to the end line and serve it up for an open Sophie Schmidt who knocked it in from the penalty area for the winning goal. Adams is primed to have a great season if she can stay clear of injuries, and continue to maintain her fitness and confident attitude. Sky Blue FC defeated Washington Spirit 2-1.